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The View From Home Base

October 8, 2015

steps and umbrella2

If you’ve been following along for a while, you know that, a year ago, we chose to create a home base with the 2008 36 foot Montana Mountaineer fifth wheel, and acquire a smaller Class C motorhome to travel in. We chose this small RV park about 15 miles west of Georgetown, Texas to park the Montana. Fulltime RV purists would say we are no longer fulltimers, but we’ve never much cared for purist attitudes anyway. We live fulltime in an RV and we travel in an RV, therefore we are fulltime RVers.

Since the Montana is parked “permanently”, we decided the small RV steps weren’t sufficient, so we’ve had a mini-porch and solid steps built. Carrying groceries up to the door is now much easier and safer. Nell loves her little “Juliet balcony”. It’s a nice place to step out in the morning and survey the world with a cup of coffee in your hand. Since we are so far undecided about having a deck, we acquired a 10 foot round, offset umbrella that adds a nice flair to the patio space. Many of our neighbors have the larger gazebo style patio canopies, but we chose not to block our view of the trees and sky and sunshine.


The 28-foot 1995 Cobra Seven Seas Class C motorhome fits comfortably into the site when we want to load and unload for a trip, or to do any work that requires connecting it to the site’s electrical power.


We couldn’t have planned it any better. We can get around the back of the motorhome without having to move anything in the patio area.


And at the same time, we can walk comfortably up to the car, which is parked at the front of the Montana. This arrangement worked beautifully for us when we prepared for – and returned from – our recent trip to Houston.


The patio space is a comfortable size. It’s a work in progress, of course. We still want to find some comfortable outdoor chairs, but for now, it’s perfectly fine. The offset umbrella can be rotated to cover seating or table as needed.


And with the motorhome moved back to the RV park’s storage area, we have our wide driveway back, and we can wave and say hello to our neighbors, who range from working couples in their forties to retirees in their seventies and eighties.

Just your typical neighborhood.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2015 4:21 pm

    It looks perfect. I am sure that you both are enjoying what looks to be complete serenity. I do envy you. Keep well. Syd Harper.

  2. October 8, 2015 5:05 pm

    Very nice setup Ralph – love the outdoor space – sort of envy you!! We are talking about getting a 17 foot R-Pod or “Silver Bullet” and of course the truck to pull one of these. Summers are brutal here in SW Florida – not so much the heat but the humidity and this past summer was a very wet summer which my sinus cavities do not appreciate!!! Looking for a way to leave Fl for 4 months – (June – Sept) and what better way then the open road!!

    • October 9, 2015 12:14 am

      Thanks, Richard! We need to get out on the road more, now that we have the C. I’ll keep watching to see what you do.

  3. pc50 permalink
    October 8, 2015 7:08 pm

    Nice set-up–it looks very comfortable. I envy your RV lifestyle, and live vicariously through
    your blog! My husband has no interest. 😦
    Do you know Simone Ritter? She’s an artist in Canada who just did the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge–30 Shasta campers in watercolor–so fun to see!

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